Foreign Languages

Foreign Languages - The Oakmeadow Way

At Oakmeadow, we realise that when they are adults, our children will be living and working in a multi-cultural world where speaking languages other than English will open the doors to careers and experiences that they might not otherwise be able to access.

With this in mind, we have integrated Foreign Languages into our curriculum and value its delivery. Throughout Key stage 2 we have in place a sequential programme of study which focusses on enabling pupils to make substantial progress in one language. At Oakmeadow we have chosen French as it is a widely spoken language in Europe and is a language taught in our local secondary schools, therefore benefitting the children as they move into the next stage of their educational journey. Foreign Languages are not a statutory part of the curriculum in Key Stage 1, however we aim to expose children to French vocabulary through incidental learning opportunities. Our aim is for teaching to provide an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and that our teaching enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied and how these differ to English.
  • Mrs Joanne Griffiths

    MFL Lead